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♥️ What to Love and Hug Downtown This Week

Cupid's Arrows Fly on Franklin Street

Valentine's Day is meant to be shared - and there are plenty of opportunities to share a laugh, a drink, a good meal, or a good concert along Franklin Street on Valentine's Day, Wednesday, February 14th. Some suggestions are below!

Chocolate Suede is returning to its roots at the Nightlight Bar & Club for a Valentine's Blues Dance. The rich, bold tunes begin at 8:15 PM and will be sure to warm your winter blues. Arrive early for Blues Dance instruction at 7:30 if you and your partner need to brush up on your steps.  (More info)

Use our fare-free bus system for your next visit to Franklin Street.
If you're driving, visit for parking information.

Carolina Skies: Valentine's Edition at Morehead Planetarium
7:00 PM and 8:30 PM

A special Valentine's edition of Carolina Skies gets a date night twist with ancient legends of love in the night sky. Learn how strange, fantastical, romantic, and tragic tales shaped constellations.
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Valentine's Day Variety Show at PIT Chapel Hill
9:00 PM

A Valentine’s Day Variety Hour features a dating game, stand up comedy, and love songs hosted by real life comedy valentines Kathleen McDonald & Josh Rosenstein.
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Musical Empowerment presents:
#StrikeaChord Conversation Cakes at Ben & Jerry's

Thinking about something sweet for your sweetie?  Order a Ben & Jerry's cake from the link below, and a a portion of sales will go to Musical Empowerment. 
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Valentines Art Dinner Date at Imbibe
7:00 PM

Make this Valentine’s Day a creative one! Join local artist Stacye Leanza for a laid-back art date workshop. All materials provided. Ticket price includes a round of drinks, an appetizer, and a dessert to share. 
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Nerd Nite: Love Factually at West End Wine Bar
7:00 PM

February's gathering of the minds happens to fall on a certain love-oriented holiday. Nerd Nite will celebrate romance novels, German poetry, and the business of erotica. 
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Baroquen-Hearted at Ackland Art Museum
7:30 PM

This concert is part of the North Carolina HIP (Historically Informed Performances) Music Festival. Featured Artists: Heartland Baroque with Baroquen-Hearted: A Valentine’s Love Letter to 17th-Century Italy. 
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Live Readings of Eriotic Fiction at Linda's Bar and Grill
9:00 PM

Head to Linda's Bar and Grill for The LAB! Theatre's annual live readings of erotic fiction! The variety show features songs, original stories, fan fiction and unspecified surprise.
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Valentine's Dinner Date at Kipos
5:00 PM

Greek culture has always placed importance on passion and love, and the Greek language has 6 different words for the feeling. So, let the experts at Kipos pamper you and your sweetheart.
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The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership brings together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development.